Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Neeta Gangopadhya
A post graduate from the College of Art, New Delhi, Neeta Gangopadhya has illustrated several books for children. She has represented India at the Biennial of Illustrations, Bratislava in 1995. Her illustrations are included in the book Once Upon a Time in India, which has been nominated for the IBBY Honours List in 2006.
Neeta has illustrated Bimal Kar's "Satyadas" for Katha.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Ragini Siruguri

Ragini is 10 years old. Besides drawing and painting, she likes music, reading, craft and puppetry.
Ragini has illustrated her mother Sadhana Ramchander's "Autorickshaw Blues" for Katha, with special help from Taposhi Ghoshal.

Prabhjot Kaur

She has written and illustrated "Daddoo's Day out" for Katha, and it won her the runner-up prize in the 10th Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations. She is presently in England continuing her studies and working as an illustrator.

Mario Kessler
He began to draw and paint while in school. He likes painting animals for children.

Mario has illustrated "Mo...aning Morris" by Franz Hubner, for Katha.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Feeroozeh Golmohammadi
Feeroozeh Golmohammadi has been painting and illustrating children's books for nearly two and a half decades. She is among the first Iranian women to have won international acclaim in art and is credited with ushering in the renaissance of Persian miniature paintings.

She has to her credit a wide range of books that have won national and international awards, some of them being NOMA (thrice), Iran Gold Plaque and the Hans Christian Anderson Honorary Diploma. Her other interests include photography of which she's held several exhibitions across the world, and journalism. She has been the chief editor of the popular Iranian magazine Zan-e-Rooz.

The latest honour that she has received is the coveted grand prize in the first international Chitrakala contest conducted by Katha.

Feeroozeh has illustrated "What Shape is an Elephant?" by the famous Persian philosopher Rumi, for Katha.

Nimret Handa

She has been writing and illustrating her own nature columns over many years. She also does travel writing, features and book reviews. At present, she is working on a couple of children's fiction books. Some of her works include Gardening in the City, The Wildflowers of India, and My Book of Trees.

Nimret has illustrated "Once Upon a Moontime" by Mamang Dai, for Katha.

Enrique Lara Robayo
Luis Fernando Garcia Guayara

Enrique Lara Robayo studied graphic design at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He loves to write and illustrate and works as a freelance illustrator and as a university teacher.

Luis Fernando Garcia Guayara studied graphic design at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has always enjoyed playing wuth plasticine. After his degree, he started teaching claywork and origami to children in his art classes. He also works as a freelance illustrator and college teacher.

Friends since their university days, Enrique and Luis have worked together on several illustration projects. Their artwork in Leaves won an Encouragement Prize from the NOMA Concours for Picture Book Illustrations in 2000.

Enrique and Luis have illustrated "Earthsong" by Geeta Dharmarajan, and "Leaves" for Katha.

Vandana Bist

She has a degree in Fine Arts from the Delhi College of Art and has specialised in illustration. In 1988, she was awarded the encouragement prize in the Children’s Picture Book Competition organised by the Noma Concours Foundation, Japan. Her works have been exhibited in Japan and Bratislava. Since 1986, her writings and drawings have been published in various children’s magazines and books. Her first book is A Ticket to Home and Other Stories, a collection for children (HarperCollins, 1994). "Surangini" is very popular among children.

Vandana has illustrated "Surangini" by Partap Sharma and "The Princess with the Longest Hair" by Komilla Raote, for Katha.

Sonal Panse

Sonal Panse is a freelance artist and writer based in Nashik in Maharashtra. She does realistic, imaginative and abstract artwork in a variety of media, and has written several articles on a range of subjects. Her work has been featured in print and web publications in India, Australia and the United States. Sonal has also exhibited her paintings in London and Mumbai, and is currently working on a novel.

Sonal's blog is Orangemellon.

Sonal has illustrated "A Jungle Safari" by Geeta Dharmarajan, for Katha.

Maya Ramaswamy

She has recently brought together her two greatest passions: painting and wildlife. A creative artist with a talent for cartooning, she loves watching wildlife and visits the forests whenever she can get away from Bangalore.
Maya has illustrated "Walk the Rainforest with Niwupah," by Aparijata Datta and Nima Manjrekar, for Katha. She has also illustrated "Usier Lapalang," retold by Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, also a Katha book.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sonali Biswas

Sonali Biswas is a freelance illustrator based in Delhi. She is the recipient of The Chitra Katha Award 2003 for Outstanding Illustrations for The Lonely Unicorn, a story-counting book published by Katha. She has also received the runner-up award from Noma Concours for Children’s Book Illustrations in 2000 and an honourable mention at the Biennial of Asian Illustrators, Japan in 2002.
Sonali has illustrated Meenakshi Bharadwaj's "One Lonely Unicorn" and Geeta Dharmarajan's "The Magical Web Bridge" for Katha.


Srivi is a writer, illustrator and visualiser. She did her Bachelors and Masters from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India and majored in creative painting, Art history and graphic design. A gold medalist with a commitment to the visual arts and children's association with visual art, Srivi has illustrated several fiction and non-fiction books for children.

She has also worked as an art, dance and social studies teacher for a year, interacting with children at various levels. She enjoys discussing issues and ideas with children and working in the areas of creative thinking and problem solving. She is currently pursuing her masters in Arts in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and is focused on the areas of developing media for children and using art as a means for creative thinking in Children.

Srivi is also involved in doing workshops for children and believes that greater interaction with children gives artists opportunities to evolve in more joyous and thoughtful ways. Srivi has recently been judged as second-runner up in the prestigious Oxford bookstore e-author contest for five of her short stories.

"Katha happens to be one of my best experiences, especially working as an illustrator," says Srivi.

She maintains a website, as well as a blog about illustrators.

For Katha, Srivi has illustrated ...
Mamang Dai's "The Skyqueen"
Kalki's "Parthiban's Dream" translated by Gita Rajan.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Bindia Thapar

Bindia's a trained architect. She loves to illustrate and has been a lecturer at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and is deeply committed to peace and environment issues. She lives in Delhi with her daughter.
Bindia has illustrated Geeta Dharmarajan's "The Magic Raindrop" and Sarang Dev Murthy's "The Runaway Puppy" for Katha.

Suddhasattwa Basu

Suddhasattwa Basu is a renowned illustrator, painter and maker of animation films for television. For The Song of a Scarecrow, a picture book written and illustrated by him, he won the Katha Chitrakala Award 2002 and received an honourable mention at the Bienniel of Illustrations 2003, Bratislava. He has also illustrated Ka: The Story of Garuda for Katha.